Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Worms @ MOA


(Elizabeth City NC) The Museum of the Albemarle will present a Chowan County Masters Gardeners program entitled "Vermiculture & Vermicomposting for Plant & Soil Health" on Saturday September 19th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The program will be presented by William Jowers, Chowan County Master Gardener Volunteer. Bill has been a Master Gardener Volunteer since 2004. He is a lifelong Organic Gardener & has been a long time practitioner of Vermiculture and Vermicomposting.The program will focus on Vermiculture and the creation & uses of Vermicompost. Vermiculture is the raising of a particular species of earthworm that eats organic waste & converts it to nutrient rich Worm Castings which is Vermicompost. "Vermicompost has been shown in scientific studies to increase plant & soil vigor. Science has shown that it can suppress many plant diseases & root nematodes. It also rejuvenates the soil by adding microbes that help with nutrient uptake for plants."

The program will consist of two (2) parts

Part 1:
  • Types of worms to raise
  • How to build or buy worm bins
  • How to setup & manage the bins.
  • How to harvest worms & or Vermicompost.

Part 2:
  • Exactly what is Vermicompost
  • How worms make Vermicompost
  • Uses of Vermicompost
  • Plant disease suppression properties of Vermicompost
  • Soil enhancement characteristics of Vermicompost

The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums, Department of Cultural Resources, State of North Carolina. Treasure NC Culture.

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